WHO

Administrative Board

Monaco Inter Expo is a Monegasque public limited company with the State as its sole shareholder. The Administrative Board is composed of 7 administrators. The goal of the Administrative Board is to determine the strategic orientations of Monaco Inter Expo and to ensure their implementation and a good management of the company’s activities.

A word from the President

“Showcasing the Principality of Monaco during such large-scale promotional events, expositions, exhibitions, trade fairs or conferences is the goal of Monaco Inter Expo, acting as the cornerstone of the organisation, the support and the incubation of all the ideas likely to accurately highlight Monaco’s messages to the world.

Conveying our ideas revolves around developing the international attractiveness of our country to make it better known and better understood, in its intricacies, its uniqueness, the diversity of its proposals, as well as the positioning and the policy of H.S.H Prince Albert II especially in the fields of the Environment or Sustainable development.

Initially, the goals of Monaco Inter Expo (MIE) were out of the borders.

Aside from the organisation of the different Pavilions of Monaco, MIE supports the promotion of global goals presented by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) such as:

  • Education and responsibilisation of the public in terms of good ecological behaviour,
  • The promotion of innovation,
  • The support of collaboration between countries and cultures.

MIE is a Monegasque public limited company (SAM, Société Anonyme Monégasque) that will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year and that is owned by the Monegasque State. It is under the supervision of the Department of External Relations (Département des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération).

The goal to effectively and constructively participate in such large-scale expositions that are key for the international influence of the Principality requires a continuous process of reflection in conveying a message, that of our Sovereign Prince, that goes beyond the scale of our Principality, and that must be heard and understood on all continents.”

 

Our Mission

Showcasing the Principality of Monaco during promotional events, expositions, exhibitions, trade fairs or conferences

Initially, the goals of Monaco Inter Expo (MIE) were out of the borders.

Aside from the organisation of the different Pavilions of Monaco, MIE supports the promotion of global goals presented by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) such as:

  • Education and responsibilisation of the public in terms of good ecological behaviour,
  • The promotion of innovation,
  • The support of collaboration between countries and cultures.

MIE is a Monegasque public limited company (SAM, Société Anonyme Monégasque) that was founded in 1997 and that is owned by the Monegasque State. It is under the supervision of the Department of External Relations (Département des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération).

 

Milan

2015 – Universal Exhibition of Milan

This Universal Exhibition was held around the theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It was then divided in 5 sub-themes: mankind’s history, and the history of food, abundance, and privation, which implies tackling the paradox of the contemporary world, the future of alimentation and sustainable food, and to make the current world “fair” with taste as an element of “awareness”.

This Exposition managed to give more visibility to tradition, creativity and innovation in the food industry, notably by highlighting the right to healthy, safe and sufficient food for our planet.

Therefore, the goal of the Exposition was to encourage countries to think about solutions to counter the great contradictions of our world: while large parts of the world population suffer from hunger (around 870 million people were underfed during the 2010-2012 timeframe), others suffer from illnesses or die due to overeating (around 2.8 million casualties linked to obesity or excess weight). In parallel, our consumer society faces an astronomical amount of wasted food every year (around 1.3 billion tons of food yearly).

The Exposition was held in Milan, during 6 months, from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Monaco Pavilion 2015

The Expo 2015 covers an area of 1.1 million square meters, in the municipality of Rho, close to Milan. Designed by some of the most influential architects of the world, the site of Expo 2015 was thought of as a “garden-exhibition” with more than 12 thousand trees, water games as well as an artificial canal surrounding the Exposition. The Expo was divided in several thematic spaces in order to better address the different subthemes.

The Pavilion of Monaco was located not far from the entry of the Expo site, between Turkey and Japan, and its motto was “excellence and solidarity: a new look at feeding the planet”.
Part of the speech given by H.E. Robert FILLON, General Commissioner of Monaco Pavilion during the signing ceremony of the participation contract in Milan on July 2, 2013, accompanied by Giuseppe SALA, commissioner of the Italian government and CEO of the Expo 2015.

« To the invitation of Italy, which is one of our close by neighbor country, but also and especially by heart, we wanted to answer the call. We did it for reasons linked to both our recent and less recent past. Indeed, since the 19th century, the Principality of Monaco has been participating in Universal Expositions. It was a way for a small country like ours to acquire visibility among a diversified public, to show itself as it truly is and to trigger curiosity and intelligence of visitors. Monaco also participated in the Universal Expositions of Seville, Lisbon, Hanover, Shanghai, as well as Yeosu. Each exposition had its own style and theme; each time, it was for us a creative challenge to design a pavilion that would honour as harmoniously as possible the expectations of organisers, visitors and what we wanted to show of our identity. This time again, participating in the Milan Expo 2015 will compel us to gather all our resources. We will do so with determination and conviction that the small size of our country, which reflects that of the team working on the project, can turn out to be an asset: that of reactivity, flexibility, adaptability”.

Country

Located in the North of Italy, Milan is Monaco’s neighbour and is known as the “capital of fashion, design and culture”.

Italy, with a total area of 301 336 km2 and 61 885 120 inhabitants in 2015 among which 1 331183 lived in Milan, is the second most populated Italian city after Rome, the capital city. Milan’s population is equivalent to that of London or Paris. The 1906 Universal Exposition was already held in Milan around the theme of transportation, and Milan was selected once again as host city in 2015.

Italy and Milan have gained global recognition in the culinary field, but also with several international food security agencies, such as the FAO. Milan is easily accessible, with experience and skills in welcoming visitors, and is also known for its many innovations: it therefore possessed key arguments in influencing the decision of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

 

Yeosu

2012 – Yeosu International

Exhibition, South Korea (Specialised Expo)

This EXPO was organised around the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Development”, with three subthemes: Development and Preservation of the Ocean and Coast, New Resources Technology, and Creative Maritime Activities.

The Expo theme aimed to shed light on humankind’s knowledge and advancement of technology concerning the management and protection of the ocean and coast. Since the United Nations Convention of the Law and Sea came into force in 1993, the oceans and seas have emerged as key elements in resolving various issues humankind faces, including those related to food, resources, space or even the environment. However, human activities have drastically damaged the marine ecosystem and reduced fishing reserves, which is why there is still a lot to be achieved to give the oceans their key role for the future.

As a consequence, the 2012 Yeosu Expo in South Korea undertook to reaffirm the efforts of the international community aiming at solving these problems while guaranteeing mankind’s prosperity and harmony through innovative technologies and actions towards the environment.

The Expo was held in Yeosu, South Korea, during 3 months, from May 12 to August 12, 2012.

 

Monaco Pavilion 2012

The 2012 Yeosu Expo was located around the New Port area of Yeosu, in the South Jeolla Province and covered a total area of 1.77 km², with 0.25 km² dedicated to the exhibition.

Ideally located, Yeosu is well connected to the bus station and Yeosu airport. Monaco Pavilion was in a 46,000m² hall, on the ground floor of the Atlantic Ocean Joint Pavilion with an area of 480m². Monaco Pavilion outlined the “work of the Principality of Monaco around the protection of the Environment, seas and oceans”. The mascot of Monaco Pavilion, named “Monacus”, accompanied visitors during the visit of the Pavilion. It was named after the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachu Monachus), an endangered species.

 

Country

Korea is located on the east end of Asia and is one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The Korean Peninsula is divided in two distinct states: The Republic of Korea, also called South Korea, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also called North Korea. Yeosu is a coastal city with 300,000 inhabitants. The official language of Korea is Korean, based on the “hangul” alphabet.

Yeosu’s territory consists of 317 islands and it is resolutely oriented towards the exploitation of the sea: its economy is essentially based on fishing (40,000 jobs), tourism (Halleyo National Maritime Park), but also on maritime transport (Gwangyang Port).

As one of the most influential cities in terms of its industry and the diversity of marine species in South East Asia, Yeosu was chosen by the members of the BIE to address the issues of over-exploitation of marine resources, pollution of oceans and the continuous development around coasts. Yeosu also acts as a historical centre in terms of maritime transportation between China, the Korean peninsula and Japan, and was the logical candidate to address the issues of the oceans.

Shanghai

2010 – Shanghai Universal Exhibition

It was in Monaco, at the Grimaldi forum, on December 3, 2002, that the Bureau International des Expositions chose Shanghai as the host city for the 2010 Universal Exhibition. The dream of the Chinese city, known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, was fulfilled. For the first time, a Universal Expowill be held in a developing country, thus opening a new chapter in the history of EXPOS.

The exposition was held around the theme “Better City – Better Life”. The increase in the percentage of population living in urban areas raises the issues of social diversity and socio-cultural conflicts directly linked to it, as well as security, pollution or even hygiene issues.

The aim of the EXPO was to encourage participants to come up with harmonious solutions for the urban environment of the future. The municipality of Shanghai held a unique large-scale event that celebrated 25 years of uninterrupted growth.

The expo lasted six months, from May 1 to October 31, 2010.

This exposition was the “the most important World Exhibition of all because it welcomed the highest number of countries represented and visitors with the biggest superficies

Monaco Pavilion 2010

Monaco Pavilion covered an area of 2000m² with a height of 12 meters, and followed the theme “Monaco, Past, Present, Future – the challenges of an evolving City-State”.

Monaco Pavilion was designed around a good balance between technological interactivity and the respect of the environment, and invited visitors on a stroll in the heart of the Principality of Monaco by allowing them to discover the remarkable evolution of Monaco over time, notably marked by a strong historical and cultural heritage, as well as the extension of its territory via offshore extension projects to guarantee the prosperity of its urban economy.

In the Pudong district, along the right bank of the Huangpu river, Monaco Pavilion was in the European Pavilions area, and its neighbours were: Serbia, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany and Poland.

Guided visit:

At the beginin of the visit, the visitor plunged into a "walk in the heart of the Principality of Monaco" and discovered as the visit progressed the remarkable evolution of the Principality of Monaco through the centuries, marked notably by a strong historical heritage and cultural development and an expansion of its territory in order to guarantee the prosperity of its urban economy.

A 6 minutes animated film was projected, retracing the history of the Principality.

Monaco National Day was celebrated on Thursday October 7, 2010, and for the occasion the Monegasque delegation travelled to China to visit the Chinese and Monegasque Pavilions during the official ceremony. The Shanghai Universal Exposition celebrated the Principality of Monaco during a whole day.

Country

China covers 9 596 961km² and has the world’s largest population with nearly 1.4 billion inhabitants. China shares its borders with many countries: Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Mongolia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and Kazakhstan.

When bidding for a slot, Shanghai suggested to implement “experimental urban areas”, later called “Urban Best Practices Area”, aimed at improving the quality of life in cities.

With 23 million inhabitants, Shanghai is particularly concerned by this issue. Following the approval of the BIE, Shanghai fulfilled its engagements by implementing the “Dongtan” project aiming at building an eco-city while applying “best practices”. The stakes of hosting the World Expo were twofold for China: improving China’s international image by highlighting the economic power of the country, and on a national level, convincing Chinese citizens of the benefits of living in urban areas.

It was the first time a World Expo took place in a developing country, and it allowed many Chinese who had never travelled abroad before to grasp foreign cultures and countries.

 

ZARAGOZA

2008 – Saragosse International Exhibition (Zaragoza) 

The 2008 International Exhibition was organized around the theme "Water and Sustainable Development".

The key element of this exhibition, water, can be assimilated to Life, raw material or Energy. It is thus a link between peoples and regions, the germ of civilization and source of culture. The objective of this Exhibition was to consider ways to make the most of water in a sustainable way.

The Exhibition was held in Zaragoza for three months, from 14 June to 14 September 2008.

Monaco Pavilion 2008

The site of the exhibition was located along the Ebro. Organized on 405 m², the discovery of the Principality of Monaco through its pavilion was imagined as a stroll through the city. The visit included 4 thematic spaces: the entrance to the city, a space devoted to International Cooperation, a main room where the interactive "Open Source" installation, designed by Thierry Fournier (delegated production "Le 3ème pôle"), and at the end of the visit, an area reserved for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

The National Day of Monaco was celebrated on 26 June, during which the International Exhibition of Zaragoza was flagged with the colors of the Principality, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, accompanied by the official delegation led by HE Minister of State and composed of the highest authorities of the State.

Country

With an area of ​​505,992 km² and more than 46.4 million inhabitants (in 2015), Spain is located in southern Europe and occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula. The official language is Spanish. Zaragoza is the fifth city of Spain in number of inhabitants. It was built at the confluence of three rivers: the Ebro, the Gallego and the Huerva. Zaragoza is well connected with both the road system and the airport. It also houses the headquarters of the first integrated river basin management organization in the world: the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation. Zaragoza was the first large Spanish city to fully purify its waters, and is recognized as a "water-saving city" by the United Nations. All these arguments have made it a particularly appropriate place for international dialogues and debates on water as a resource and the conflicts that this entails to capitalize on the notion of "sustainable water".

HANOVER

2000 – Universal Exhibition of Hanover, Germany

For the first time in its history, Germany hosted a Universal Exhibition in the year 2000, bringing together 187 countries and international organizations.

Hanover, the international trade fair and congress center in the Land of Lower Saxony, has placed a 160-hectare site (equivalent to 4 / 5th of the surface of Monaco) at the disposal for EXPO. The theme was "Man, Nature and Technology: the Emergence of a New World".

This Exhibition was held on 160 hectares. The idea of ​​an Exhibition of this magnitude in Hanover dates from 1988. The country wanted to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany. In parallel with the life of the pavilions, the Expo site in Hanover hosted a series of events and activities. More than 200 bands and orchestras played during the 6 months of the Exposition.

The Exhibition was held from June 1 to October 31, 2000.

 

Monaco Pavilion 2000

A real multimedia cube, designed by the architect Hans Ferdinand Degraeuwe. This Pavilion was a veritable communication machine: the visit, set on 1400m², allowed the public to interact with various multimedia structures (an area devoted to the past / Present in Monaco and a 360 ° cinema area, where a 3D film depicting the major projects of the Principality was screened: "Invisible Ocean".

Country

Germany Federal State of Central Europe covering a territory of 357 376 km² for more than 82 million inhabitants (in 2016).

Hanover, a city chosen as the venue for the 2000 Exhibition, is located in the north of Germany and is particularly well-known for being an international city for trade fairs and congresses.

Hanover is particularly well served by two motorway networks, the railway and its airport. There is cooperation between the companies and the very important scientific centers and in particular around six cutting-edge sectors: automotive construction, energy saving, information and communication technology, health economics, creative economy and production technology.

 

LISBON

1998 – Lisbon International Exhibition

1998, the year of the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's trip to India, was also the year in which the city of Lisbon hosted the International Specialized Exhibition. The theme: "The Oceans, a Legacy for the Future". The objective of this exhibition was to "propose new ethics in the relationships between Man and its natural environment and contribute to the awakening of consciousness respecting the oceans.

That year, the logo of EXPO symbolized the sea and the sun and was created by the Portuguese artist Augusto Tavares Dias. His logo was chosen from 1,288 applications. Participants in this exhibition did not have to build their own pavilion on a blank space. All the country exhibitions were planned under the roof of two distinct spaces: the International South Pavilion and the International North Pavilion. In these pavilions, modules were provided to accommodate countries.

Germany, Spain, China and Japan had a particularly important place in this Expo, they each had several modules to accommodate a large number of visitors. This year has also been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of the Oceans. The theme adopted was therefore meaningful at the international level. The Exhibition was held for three months, from 22 May to 30 September 1998 in Lisbon.

Monaco Pavilion 1998

The Exhibition was held on 50 hectares along the Tagus river. Monaco Pavilion was designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, with a bluish atmosphere representing the sea throughout 650 m².

It allowed visitors to cross the pavilion in a chronological way, from the present to the future of the Principality of Monaco. The visit was punctuated by the works of Claude Viret: Two main rooms, one in tribute to Albert 1er, a scientist and forerunner in oceanography, the second presented Monaco’s involvement in the protection of the marine environment.

The visit ended with the release of "Save the Sea", a film made in computer graphics.

Country

Portugal, a country in southern Europe sharing its borders with Spain, has more than 10 million habitats covering an area of ​​92,226 km². Lisbon is the most populous city in Portugal with 2,807,525 inhabitants.

The official language is Portuguese. Through this Exhibition, Lisbon, and by extension Portugal, has been able to highlight its modernity and rehabilitate the western part of the city by creating a new district using elements of the site of the Exhibition.